TTA Top Tips: Every month TTA give their top tips. As it is the season to be jolly here are our top tips for Christmas Markets and Winter Pop-ups in London and Pantomines across the country. We hope you enjoy them and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
London Christmas Markets
Winterwonderland: Hyde Park’s massive tribute to festive fun. The Christmas markets is a treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season. You’ll find handmade gifts and pretty confectionery sold from wooden huts not to forget all the thrill seeking rollercoaster rides.
Leicester Square: For the second year running Christmas has come to Leciester Square.The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to Santa’s grotto, traditional Christmas market, featuring more than 25 food, drink and Christmas gift stalls, and a vintage Speigeltent – a velvety, wooden, mirrored home to a stocked programme of Christmas cabaret brought to you from the Underbelly team.
Southbank Centre: There’ll be pop-ups, activities and all manner of Christmas fun to jolly up your holiday at this impressive centre.
Winterville: This festive playground is back again this year, taking up residence in Clapham Common. Expect dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating. There will be comedy, club nights, cabaret and live music as well as Christmas markets and great food from Street Feast.
Cosy Winter Pop-ups in London
For a heated Wigwam: The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is the place for you. Inspired by the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, the spot on the Shoreditch skyline has been transformed, with giant cacti, fairy lights, pretty lanterns and fire pits. Sip gin-spiked Casablancan mint tea and piping hot espresso martinis, feast on halloumi fries, mezze and tagine and warm the up inside the giant wigwam snug.
Finnish Rooftop Sauna: The Southbank Centre can always be counted on for brightening up the darker months and a pop-up Finnish sauna set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden with amazing views of the Thames. Warm up to a steamy 90 degrees before sipping warming tipples under blankets in a Scandi-inspired rooftop bar.
Dinner in a dome: Coppa Club’s PVC riverside igloos are back and they’re as cosy as ever, with snug sheepskin blankets, festive snacks and breeze-free views of the city skyline. The eight-person snuggeries are fully booked into the new year, but daily walk-ins for chilly Londoners are available.
Sky high ice-skating: Elevate your winter evenings with London’s very first rooftop ice rink. The Tobacco Dock location is reinventing itself for the season, with skating, ice-hockey shooting and street food. Being perched on an icy London rooftop might sound like an uncomfortably arctic activity, but cheese fondue and mulled wine (plus patio heaters) promise to keep you warm and cosy post-skate.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto and here are TTA’s Top Picks.
Aladdin: Bristol Hipprodrome and at Richmond Theatre.
Rapunzel: Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London.
Peter Pan: Christmas in Neverland, Wembley London.
Dick Whittington: London Palladium and at the Opera House, Manchester.
Cinderella: Birmingham Hipprodrome.
Jack & The Beanstalk: New Wimbledon Theatre and at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London.
Snow White and The Seven Dwarves: The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent.
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